Welcome. I’m Marianne, your coach and cheerleader. Please, make yourself at home and let me know if you need anything.
If you’re itching to ditch your writer’s block right away, head over here for a friendly game of Write 50.
Need to decompress first?
Great. I stitched together a short tale about Write 50’s journey from a sticky note to this online space.
Just sit back, put your feet up and enjoy some light reading. Then let’s see if I can help you outwit the gremlin in your head who’s sabotaging your writing.
Have you ever experienced a moment like this?
“Why can’t I write this?” I asked my accountability partner, Laurel. “I’m now procrastinating by researching procrastination! There’s got to be a twelve-step program for people like me!”
Then I went on and on and on, about how I never miss client deadlines, or bail on friends and family unless there’s an emergency. And then I went on some more about how I had just reached an elusive rock climbing goal after three months of focused training. But…
I missed every personal writing deadline I set over the summer of 2014.
I ended my rant by admitting, “My confidence is beyond shot. I can’t even stomach email. Seriously. My friends can’t find out I’m a fraud, who can’t even string together the right words for a happy hour invite.”
Luckily, Laurel rocks! At moments like this she lets me step out on the ledge and spew my drama. When I pause to take a breath, she talks me down, so we can brainstorm solutions. This time we agreed I needed to hit the reset button and create a quick win.
So, I tore up my 500-mile-long writing project to-do list and challenged myself to write 50 words, any words, for seven days straight. That’s it. If I wrote more, great. If not, I promised to accept it.
The next day I launched the Stickies app on my Mac, named a note Write 50 and voila, here we are….
The 12-month journey – the abridged edition, I promise
I did win the challenge. And by the end of the week found myself crafting content for the projects on that torn up to-do list.
The Write 50 challenge became a warm-up for my new daily writing routine. All good. But…
After a couple of months, the challenge grew stale. I started missing days and eventually stopped.
Shortly after I quit, I once again found myself procrastinating by researching procrastination. Mostly I cruised the web for a way to end my relentless procrastination and rebuild self-confidence.
I wanted to hire a coach, but my emaciated bank account couldn’t fund one. And I couldn’t find an affordable alternative that offered a coach’s wisdom, support, and tough love. I trudged along on my own until…
Holy Cow! Here’s the solution! In plain sight, no less
At the end of 2014 I stumbled upon that sticky note while organizing my laptop. Hidden amongst the seed ideas for my writing projects lied blueprints for this place.
I had written ideas for games to help me (and now you) start, not quit and finish projects. I had created strategies for coaching myself (and you) through the tough days.
My words painted pictures of what a support group for blocked writers would look like. Could I lead an online community for wayward writers?
“Nope. You’re not qualified,” said 10-Tunner, my inner-critic. “You’re not a psychologist or certified coach.”
He’s right. I’m not. Although the idea gnawed at me every day, I turned back to resources I could afford, like my favorite blockbusting book, “The War of Art,” by Steven Pressfield.
Wait a second!
Moving day….Well, more like moving year
I realized neither a licensed therapist or certified coach had penned my go-to playbook for my battles against 10-Tunner. A writer who faces a similar foe every day wrote it. I never once thought, “hmm…I wonder if he’s credentialed.”
Done. I had to go for it…
I rolled up my sleeves. Borrowed tools from the video workshops I’ve taught for over 15 years. Adapted techniques I used for three years as a personal trainer and health coach. And built this place.
I now publish the games I play, so peeps like me can ditch their blocks, produce their words, and…dare I say, have fun writing.
You’re still here! Awesome. Now that you know the story here’s…
My hope for you
I hope you don’t need Write 50 in the future. If you do, I’ll invite you in and dare you to a challenge that can help you reach your writing goals.
On that note…
I double-dog dare you to play a round of Write 50 (it’s free). Or check out a coach-supported Ditch The Block challenge.